Biography

My paintings feature wide-open panoramic spaces and horizons with clear views of turbulent skies. I am interested in the universal human need to stare at a horizon and daydream about what lies beyond in the infinity of space.  
Standing in one place and projecting our imagination into another state of being that is beyond the horizon and into the “distance" offers us an immeasurable introspective pleasure.  Horizons are metaphors for future discoveries and possibilities.  Horizons and distance are gateways to the “faraway”—a daydreamed future space and time--and they are a constant feature of western romantic landscape art.


My paintings are not about looking back to some golden past, or about seeking another ideal place as “home.”  I offer an ambiguous vision.  My paintings can be seen as pleasurable meditations on land, sea, and sky, but they also may spark uncertainty and nostalgia about our changing environments in a starkly different and warmer world.  

 

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Born: Columbus OH        Resides: Vashon Island WA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021    Distancing: Imagination and the Faraway, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago IL
2020    Seattle Art Fair Deconstructed, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle WA
Light Horizons, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle WA
2019    New Small Works, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
    Moment in Time, Anne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe IL
2018    Wellspring, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle WA
2017    Fathom, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR
    Still Shores, Anne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe IL
2016    Victoria Adams: New Works, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
2015    Weather and Water, Arden Gallery, Boston MA
2014    Skies for a New Frontier, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
    Reflect, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle
2012    Sky Journal, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle
2011    New Paintings, Arden Gallery, Boston MA
2010    Where Sky Meets Earth: The Luminous Landscapes of Victoria Adams, Tacoma Art           Museum, Northwest Perspectives Series (catalogue available)
 Deep Blue Day, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle WA
 Written on the Sky, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
2009     Vantage, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle WA
     Lux Art Institute, Encinitas CA (with Artist’s Residency)
     Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner WA
2008     Updraft, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
 Recent Landscapes, Arden Gallery, Boston MA
2006     Refugia, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
 Weather Shift, Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle WA
2005     Natural Order, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago IL
     The Still Point, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
2004     Depths and Horizons, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle WA
2003    Earth and Air, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
2002    Recent Landscapes. Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle WA
2001    New Paintings. Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago IL
    Terrains. Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
2000    Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR
    Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
1999    Winston Wächter Mayer Fine Art, New York NY
    Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
1998    Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale WA
    Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle WA
1997    Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR
1996    Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle WA
    Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
1995    Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR
1994    Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle WA
1992    Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle WA
1990    Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle WA
    Sheila Nussbaum Gallery, Millburn NJ
1986    Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle WA
    Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University, Canton NY
1984    Albion College, Albion MI


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021    60th Annual Summer Group Exhibition, Woodside Braseth Gallery, Seattle WA
Painting Deconstructed: Selections from the Northwest Collection, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA
    The Notable Collection, Vashon Center for the Arts, Vashon WA
2020    Conversations Between Collections, Whatcom Museum of Art, Bellingham WA
Another View, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
    Honoring Out Landscape, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
Dealer’s Choice, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle WA
    Miniature Invitational, Vashon Center for the Arts, Vashon WA
2019    54th Annual Holiday Group Exhibition, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle WA
Under the Influence: Contemporary Artists and the Masters Who Inspire Them, Somerville  Manning Gallery, Greenville DE
Seattle Art Fair, Woodside/Braseth Gallery and Gail Severn Gallery
2018    Seattle Art Fair, Woodside/Braseth Gallery and Gail Severn Gallery
    Honoring Our Landscape VI, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
2017    ExpoChicago, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
Seattle Art Fair, Woodside/Braseth Gallery and Gail Severn Gallery
2016    Seattle Art Fair, Woodside/Braseth Gallery and Gail Severn Gallery
Landscape! Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
    Honoring Our Landscape V, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
    Gallery Artists, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle WA
2015    Miami Basel Art Fair, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago IL
    Honoring Our Landscape IV, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
    Weather and Water: New Landscapes, Arden Gallery, Boston MA
San Francisco Art Market, Gail Severn Gallery
    Seattle Art Fair, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle WA
2014    Preview 2015, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
    Honoring Our Landscape III, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
2013    Miami Basel Art Fair, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago
Best of the Northwest: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection, Tacoma Art      Museum, Tacoma WA
    Atmospheric Weather: New Acquisitions, Seattle Public Utilities Collection, Seattle, WA
    Expo Chicago 2013, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago
2012    25th Anniversary Exhibition, Arden Gallery, Boston MA
2011    Study in Blue, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner WA
    30th Anniversary Exhibition, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR
New Artists, Forre Fine Art, Aspen CO
    Sense of Place XI, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
2010    New Dehli 2010, Art in Embassies Program, US State Department, Wash. D.C.
Chicago Art Fair, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago
2009    Dreaming: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Northwest Art
Landscapes, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
Selected Invitational, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle WA
2008    Chicago Art Fair, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago IL
    Seeds of Compassion, Friesen Fine Art, Seattle WA
Art Palm Beach, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
2007    Landscapes, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
US Artists, Philadelphia PA, Somerville/Manning Gallery, Greenville DE
Art Toronto, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
The 8th Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA
2006    Art Toronto, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
Art 2006, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
8th Annual Realism Invitational, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco CA
Landscapes Real & Imagined, David Klein Gallery, Birmingham MI
2005    North by Northwest, Winston Wachter Fine Art, New York
8 Artists from the Northwest, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle
2004    A Sense of Place, Tacoma Art Museum. Tacoma WA
Second Nature, Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle
            Chicago Art Fair, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago IL
The Grand View: From Bierstadt to Brophy, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner WA
Lewis and Clark Territory: Contemporary Artists Revisit Place, Race, and Memory, Tacoma  Art Museum, Tacoma WA, (catalog), traveling to:
Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings MT; Moore College of Art and Design, Phil. PA
Roberta Lieberman: A Sharp Eye: An Art Dealer's 40 Year Journey, Evanston Art Center,   Evanston IL
There, There: Landscape Now, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago IL
2003    A Sofa Underneath a Painting, Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA  
    Building Tradition: Gifts in Honor of the Northwest Art Collection, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA (catalog)
2002    ANA 31, Holter Museum of Art, Helena MT
            Chicago Art Fair, Chicago IL, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
2001    Northwest Views: Selections from the Safeco Collection, Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA  
            Chicago Art Fair, Chicago IL, Winston Wächter Mayer Fine Art and Zolla/Lieberman
            Gallery Artists, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago IL
2000    Landscape Dialogue: The Henry Responds to Viewers, Henry Art Gallery, University of        Washington, Seattle WA
San Francisco International Art Exhibition, San Francisco CA, Winston Wächter Mayer    Fine Art and Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Shifting Ground: Transformed Views of the American Landscape, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle WA
            The American Landscape, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle WA
            Reinventing Landscape, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
1999    San Francisco International Art Exhibition, San Francisco CA, Elizabeth Leach Gallery
            Summer '99, Winston Wächter Mayer Fine Art, New York NY
            Sense of Place, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
From Here to the Horizon: Artists of the Rural Landscape, Whatcom Museum of History               and Art, Bellingham WA
1998    Movements of Grace: Spirit in the American Landscape, Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York NY
 San Francisco International Art Exhibition, San Francisco CA
1997    True Art: Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA
    Art Santa Fe International Art Fair, Santa Fe NM, Elizabeth Leach Gallery
    Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
    Coplan Gallery, Boca Raton FL
    Seattle Art Fair, Seattle WA, Gail Severn Gallery and Elizabeth Leach Gallery
1996    Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Exhibit, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR
    Open Skies, University of Oregon Museum of Art, Eugene OR
    Chicago Art Fair, Chicago IL, Elizabeth Leach Gallery
1995    Seattle Art Fair, Seattle WA, Gail Severn Gallery and Elizabeth Leach Gallery
    Group Exhibition, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
    New Artists, Ledbetter/Lusk Gallery, Memphis TN
    The Land: Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA
    Three Landscape Painters: Victoria Adams, James Lavadour, David Kroll,                       Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle WA
    Seattle Art Fair, Seattle WA, Gail Severn Gallery and Grover/Thurston Gallery
    Triton Contemporary Art Fair, San Francisco CA, Gail Severn Gallery
1994    New Landscapes: West Coast, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR
    Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID.
    Sense of Place, Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle WA
1993    New Landscape, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR
    Group Exhibition, Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle WA
1991    American Art in Embassies Program, Lima Peru
1989     NW International Art Exhibition, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham WA
1987    Joint Faculty Exhibit, State University of New York, Potsdam NY
1985    Pacific States Printmakers, University of Hawaii, Hilo HI
1983    Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA
1980    Drawing Relationships with Prints, Davidson Gallery, Seattle WA

RESIDENCIES
2009     Lux Art Institute, Encinitas CA (with solo exhibition)
2002     Experimental Workshop, Emeryville CA
2000     Experimental Workshop, Emeryville CA

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
    Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, Portland OR
    Arlington Club, Portland OR
     Boise Art Museum, Boise ID
             Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle WA
             Harborview Medical Center, Seattle WA
     Seattle University, Seattle WA
 Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA
     Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner WA
                  Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids MI
             Boeing Corporate Headquarters, Chicago IL
             Allen Foundation for the Arts, Seattle WA
            Western Washington University, Bellingham WA
     U.S. Dept. of State, New Delhi, India
 Art in Embassies Program, Lima, Peru and Delhi, India
    Zymogenetics, Seattle WA
    University Club, Portland OR
    Port of Seattle, Seattle WA
    City of Chicago, Chicago IL
    Bank of America Corporation, Chicago IL and Seattle WA
    FDIC, Chicago IL
    US Bancorp, Portland OR
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
    Whatcom Community College, Bellingham WA
    Washington State Public Schools, Seattle WA
    Providence Hospital, Seattle WA
    Swedish Hospital, Seattle WA
    University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle WA
    WRQ, Seattle WA
    Kaiser Permanente, Portland OR
    Collins Foundation, Portland OR
    American Airlines, San Francisco CA
      Caesars Palace, Las Vegas NV


PUBLICATIONS
2019    Howell, Christopher, The Grief of a Happy Life, University of WA Press, Pacific Northwest Poetry Series, dust jacket image
2018    “Victoria Adams: Imaginary Spaces,” American Art Collector, Jan.
2016    “Imagine Your Oasis, Then Read This,” Fine Art Today online, Fine Art Connoisseur, Dec.
2015    Brooker, Suzanne, The Elements of Landscape Oil Painting: Techniques for Rendering Sky, Terrain, Trees, and Water, Watson Guptill (paintings reproduced)
O'Hern, John, "Victoria Adams: An Elegy for Nature," American Art Collector, Feb.
2014    "Victoria Adams: Skies for a New Frontier," American Art Collector, July
2013    100 Artists of the Pacific Northwest, Schiffer Publications
Tacoma Art Museum, Selected Works from the Northwest Art Permanent Collection, NEA and Marquand Books
Best of the Northwest: Selected Works from the Tacoma Art Museum Collection
2012     Seattle Times, Arts and Entertainment Highlights, June 24, reproduction
2010    Hushka, Rock, “Magnificent Solitude,” Where Sky Meets Earth: The Luminous Landscapes of Victoria Adams” exhibition catalog essay, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA
    Bahr, Bob, American Artist, "Landscapes: From Top to Bottom," Nov., p. 20
    Davis, Catherine Lee, “Saladino in Soho,” Veranda Magazine, Feb., p. 38
2009    Pincus, Robert, San Diego Union-Tribune, “Differing Visions,” May 7
2008    Leggio, Gail, American Arts Quarterly, Fall, “Art and Likeness: Realism in the Galleries”
Shaw, Reesey, Updraft, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID, catalogue essay
Rose, Joshua, American Art Collector, November, Arden Gallery Exhibit reviewed
2007    “Savannah Chic,” Traditional Home, Nov., pp. 198-203
Hushka, Rock, The 8th Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, catalogue essay,
Rose, Joshua, American Art Collector, January, Gail Severn Gallery exhibit reviewed
2006    Rose, Joshua, American Art Collector, April, Winston Wachter Fine Art exhibit reviewed
2004    Sawahata, Lesa, "Gold Standard," Seattle Homes and Lifestyles, Feb., p. 60
Hushka, Rock, Building Tradition: Gifts in Honor of the Northwest Art Collection, catalogue essay, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA
Hushka, Rock, "'Tis Nothing But What True Is: Traces of the Legacy of Lewis and Clark in  Contemporary Art," Lewis and Clark Territory: Contemporary Artists Revisit Place, Race, and Memory, catalogue essay, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA
2003    Metropolitan Home, July/August, p. 119
2002    Gangelhoff, Bonnie, "Up, Down, and All Around: Six Western Painters," Southwest Art, February  
2001    Glowen, Ron, "Northwest Representational Art," Northwest Views: Selections from the Safeco Collection. Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA  (exhibition catalog)
            Hawkins, Margaret, exhibition review, Chicago Sun-Times, 12/14
            Durr-Albert, Stacy, "Fantasy Island," Timber Homes Illustrated, October
Howard, Rhonda Lane, "Preserving Desire: Neo-Romantic Views," Victoria Adams:     Terrains, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID (exhibition catalog)
Howard, Rhonda Lane, "New Frontiers: Secondhand Landscape," Shifting Ground: Transformed Views of the American Landscape, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle WA (catalog essay)
Johnson, Ken, "New and Noteworthy, Victoria Adams," New York Times, 6/25
1997    New American Painting, Pacific Coast Edition, Needham, MA: Open Studios Press.     Juror: Clare Bell, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Guggenheim Museum
            Women Artists, San Raphael, CA: Cedco Publishing Co.
1995    New American Painting, Western Edition, Needham, MA: Open Studios Press.
    Juror: Charlotta Kotik, Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum
            Updike, Robin, "The Land: Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum,” Seattle Times
            Glowen, Ron, "The Land: Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum," Everett Herald
1991    Contemporary American Women Artists, San Raphael, CA: Cedco Publishing Company

 

 

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